Interiors-fan uses Frenchic paint to give kitchen a stylish £130 DIY makeover

Having spent much of 2020 stuck inside our homes many Brits have taken to updating their interiors.

However, due to the precarious job market during the coronavirus pandemic most of us have stuck to a small budget.

And, that means taking up DIY.

Which is exactly what Gemma Shaw, 29, did when she revamped her kitchen for just £130.

That’s a saving of thousands on having new counters installed!

The young woman, from Redditch in Worcestershire, runs her own exhibition stand company and posts about her DIY updates on Instagram.

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She hated her white gloss kitchen and decided to tackle it during lockdown.

Gemma explained: “I prefer darker kitchen cupboards, such as black and dark greens, but my biggest bugbear was that it showed every bit of dirt.

“As I'm quite particular, I found myself cleaning every cupboard door each time I spotted a mark.

“This became quite a chore, as there are 17 cupboards and drawers in total.”

Gemma told money-saving community LatestDeals.co.uk : "I hadn't got as far as getting a quote for a new kitchen, but my mum renovated hers earlier this year for £6,000.

"It's half the size of mine and she chose from a budget range, so I estimated that mine would cost at least £10,000 to rip out and replace."

So, Gemma decided to use the Frenchic Al Fresco chalk paint which can be used on gloss cupboards.

She said: “I wanted to switch to a dark colour and I knew it would work, as the room benefits from lots of natural light thanks to the skylights and large bi-fold doors.”

Gemma chose Frenchic’s Blackjack paint which costs £17.95 for 750ml plus a blending brush for £8.95 an sugar soap for £3.45.

She explained: "I started by lightly sanding all of the cupboard doors and drawers.

"Next, I took all the cupboard doors off the hinges and laid them out on a blanket on the kitchen floor.

“I used the sugar soap to give them a wash."

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Then Gemma used the blending brush to add very thin paint layers to the doors.

The cupboards took five coats which were as thin as Gemma could make them to create a durable coating and fewer drips.

Then, she added brushed gold accessories to warm up the room.

Gemma added: "I bought the cabinet handles and kitchen tap, which was fitted by a friend, from Amazon. I also bought a new black kettle, toaster and tea and coffee jars from Asda.

"In total, the cost of the paint and all the new accessories came to around £130."

What a fantastic result!

So stylish – we love it.

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